“NOCAL Did Nothing Wrong”…Boss Refutes Media Report

By Jefferson D. Tweh

The President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL), Dr. Randolph A. K. W. McClain has clarified information that he (Dr. McClain) awarded contract to DuPont, an American Company for conflict of interest.

Dr. McClain disclosed that the signing of a Safety, Health and Environmental Protection and Training contract was awarded to  one of the World’s leading Chemical and Environment Organization: DuPont based on its achievements and reputation of excellence in safety not conflict of interest.

According to Dr. McClain, Public Procurement and Concession Commission (PPCC) on January 11, 2013 approved the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) request for “No Objection to the sole sourcing of DuPont”, consistent with section 55 of the PPCC Act and following the submission of the proposal by DuPont, Ministers of Finance, Justice and the National Oil Company of Liberia in full compliance with regulation 033 fully participated in the consummation of the agreement with their signatures.

“DuPont, an American Company is the third largest chemical and environmental organization in the World based on its market capitalization about US50 Billion and revenue,” Dr. McClain disclosed.

Dr. McClain further stated that the implementation of the contract would respond to high value, responsibility and will place NOCAL on the safety, health and environment (SHE) of its employees, operators, vendors, customers, visitors, communities and assets in an urgent way.

“Liberia is faced with serious capacity issues, and  we are making frantic efforts to reduce the gap and unanimously, we have 4 environmental specialists at the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and they have theoretical knowledge but need practical experiences, and predicated upon that we have contracted DuPont, an experienced and award-winning industry leading chemical and environmental entity to provide hands-on training our staff and those of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA),”Dr. McClain said.

Finally, Dr. McClain lamented that transparency, sustainability inclusiveness, safety, health and environmental care, are core principles underscored by NOCAL and embarked on the reform process of Liberia’s potential hydrocarbon sector.